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Politicians are always looking for the latest and greatest way to tap into the "youth vote", and the internet is always a great place to start. California Governor hopeful Phil Agenlides is using MySpace.com, the highly popular(and somewhat controversial) online community site to help further his campaign. Just like Presidential candidates appearing on talk shows, this could be a growing trend in the making. "But rather than kill a volunteer's unauthorized efforts, the campaign has embraced the youth-heavy site, using Angelides' personal profile page to post position papers and other announcements. It also scans the comments section to gauge what's on youths' minds, turning it... Read more...
Hello everyone. A little later today, NVIDIA will be releasing the Forceware v91.45 drivers and with them will be officially blessing Do-It-Yourself Quad-SLI. We've put together an article detailing the steps necessary to assemble and configure a high-end Quad-SLI rig, and give some thoughts regarding XHD gaming and the costs involved. Here's a snip from the article... "Another major difference was that NVIDIA launched the GeForce 7950 GX2 at retail. On the day of launch, enthusiasts could finally buy dual-GPU powered GeForce 79050 GX2 video cards from their favorite e-tailers. But, at launch, NVIDIA wasn't quite ready to endorse Quad-SLI for the Do-It-Yourself market. Quad-SLI was only... Read more...
For almost a year now, NVIDIA has been teasing enthusiasts with their Quad-SLI technology. It was back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show that we got our first glimpse of a Quad-SLI based system, the Dell XP 600 Renegade.  That first Quad-SLI implementation consisted of four GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs, each coupled to 512MB of graphics memory, for a grand total of 2GB of frame buffer memory. Although it looked like four separate graphics cards were used to build up those early Quad-SLI systems, it was actually two. Each GeForce 7800 GX2 card as they became known consisted of a main 512MB GeForce 7800 GTX with a secondary daughter-card mounted to one side. The GPUs each... Read more...
Google has been under fire from a few different news organizations recently, as they claim Google violates Copyright laws with its Google News service. Google has struck a payment deal with the Associated Press, though details have yet to be disclosed. Agence France Presse, a French news agency, is still seeking $17.5 million through their suit, and hope Google's decision to pay the Associated Press will work in their favor. "On the surface, paying the Associated Press seems to conflict with the stance Google has traditionally taken regarding its Google News service. Because Google News is an aggregator, the company has argued, Google... Read more...
All of the recent news surrounding Intel may be about the company's new Core 2 Duo processors, but don't forget about the Pentium D -- it's still alive and kicking.  In fact, when you take a look at the latest round of price cuts, the Pentium D becomes a much more attractive processor.  The most expensive Pentium D (the 3.6GHz 960) is now "only" $316, the cheapest is just over $100. "Intel has officially announced its desktop processor price reductions that had been expected since the middle of the second quarter. Although most processor models saw their prices being slashed, several processors did not have their... Read more...
A new bill that passed 410-15 in the U.S. House of Representatives could soon spell the end to chat room use on public terminals, like ones found in schools in libraries. The bill is a response to the increasing threat of child predators on sites like MySpace. The problem with the bill though, is that it's a bit vague in its wording, and could be interpreted to mean the barring of any site that a personal profile can be made on (such as hardware forums). So, is it a well thought out bill that will protect children using the internet, or a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that's been around before Myspace was even here? "Even though politicians apparently meant to restrict... Read more...
All of the rumors that have been circulating these past few weeks seem to have been true.  The official announcement of a merger of AMD and ATI is posted on both companies' respective websites. Major news here folks... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers in commercial and mobile computing segments and in rapidly-growing consumer electronics segments. The transaction, valued at US... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Edition Sunnyvale, CA - July 13, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200 DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited edition Special Ops series which is a line of memory that caters to the needs of gamers and features a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader. The PC2-7200 SOE will be available in 1GB (2x512MB) and 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits for the ultimate memory upgrade on the latest DDR2 platforms. Rated at 5-5-5 latency timings, these modules offer faster access times than standard JEDEC reference design... Read more...
Tired of hearing your readers complain about their under-performing rigs? Throw them a bone and pass along this opportunity to win a smokin' new XPC barebones rig plus a whopping 2GB of RAM and a graphics card in the Crucial "Bad to the Bones" sweepstakes. Details: Crucial Technology and Shuttle teamed up to get three lucky winners well on their way to one b-b-b-b-BAD system. Just correctly answer one Crucial-Shuttle trivia question and you'll be entered to win a desktop with real backbone—a Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Desktop Barebones system, 2GB of Crucial RAM, and a Crucial Radeon(R) X1600XT graphics card. What are you waiting for? Hop on over to www.crucial.com/shuttle and get registered to... Read more...
Tonight, X-Bit labs takes a sober look at the recent Nvidia/AEG scandal. With rumors flying around everywhere, it's time to take a look at some of the facts(or lack thereof) surrounding the issue. "In the beginning of week - on the best day for starting a scandal - Nvidia Corp. was accused in seeding shills into forums and communities to promote its products. The fans reportedly received free hardware and officially acted to "educate" users in the forums. We try to attempt to summarize all the information to find out whether advertising methods of hardware companies have reached the point of pretty unfaithful practices"... Read more...
Quality RAM is a must, especially if you are one to push hardware to its performance limits.  What's nice about today's market is you really don't have to break the bank to get a set of good RAM for your rig.  Case in point, the Crucial Ballistix PC3200 2x512MB set is an affordable set of DDR memory that yields some impressive performance results.  Check out EclipseOC.com's full report here to see if these modules would serve your needs for around $120. "We have decided to revisit the Ballistix sticks for various reasons. Previously our testing was limited, now it is not. Ontop of this, CCU and I had a suspicion that Micron's... Read more...
Today DriverHeaven reports on Crucial's Gizmo! USB flash drive. The 68mm by 20 mm drive comes in sizes from 128MB to 2GB, which is what DriverHeaven is reporting on. It's not the fastest drive, but still able to transfer a 500mb file in just over 49 seconds."Their flash disk drive product line-up is dubbed 'Gizmo!' and they already are counting their 3rd revision. The 3rd revision is even faster and much smaller than the initial revision, plus features much higher capacities of course, as you can guess. Crucial was nice enough to send us a Gizmo! 2GB drive, the largest currently offered. 2GB worth of storage inside a device that is about the size of your thumb certainly sounds nice, so let us... Read more...
Creative Labs X-Fi @ PC Perspective | HH Perspective "If you're on the fence with the X-Fi, consider gaming as a big factor. At the moment there's no real quality improvement (see 24-bit Crystalizer and CMSS-3D) to audio or performance improvement with the X-Fi (see Game Testing). I would wait a few months to see which titles are going to support X-RAM and then decide on a purchase, otherwise your current Audigy 2 ZS will do you just fine which performs and sounds just as good as the X-Fi (minus the X-RAM)." LapCool 3 (LPC-401) @ Phoronix "Do you own a laptop? Do you have a hard time keeping it on your lap because it's too hot? Well we sometimes do. Most of our reviews here are... Read more...
Hey folks, I'm just stopping by to drop off the night's news. Before I leave, I must tell you that Quake 4 has gone gold and has a October 13th release date in the US(thanks Blue!). This game... I'm looking forward to it :D Goodnight all! Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX THD MyVIVO Extreme @ AMD Zone "Leadtek's WinFast PX7800 GTX THD MyVIVO Extreme is simply an amazing card all around and probably one of if not the best 7800 GTX that you can currently purchase. With the excellent cooling technology with their heatpipes and fan which are near silent as well as running cool, pre-overclocked card, VIVO, great software bundle, and amazing overclockability coupled with the best performance and image... Read more...
More news is starting to arrive concerning Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, and it's not exactly good news for most of you. The hassle that DRM is going to create will be accompanied by some pretty hefty system requirements that are currently be thrown around the web. bit-tech.net has published a brief summary of what you might need to run it. Enjoy the news, folks! Thermaltake Swing VB6000SWS Case Review @ HardwareXL "Simplicity was extravagantly designed into the Swing with modernly stylish piano-coating front panel design that reflects class and curve. Inside the chassis users will find wide range of thoughtful features from ten drive bays for maximum expandability to a 120mm... Read more...
Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 (BL2KIT6464AA1005) Memory Modules @ Xbitlabs.com: "The memory chips used in Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 memory modules are made by Micron, which is actually not at all surprising. Namely these are MT47H64M8BT-3:A chips. According to the specification, these memory chips are designed to work at 667MHz frequency with CL=5. How does Crucial manage to make these chips work at 50% higher frequency than their nominal value? The answer to this question is quite obvious: it is possible due to extremely high voltage." XFX 6800GT Review @ Gamepyre.com: "XFX has announced a new support plan for their 6800GT cards. Several companies like BFG, eVGA and now XFX have... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, we've been getting numerous e-mails concerning Podcasting. The digital audio broadcast is a popular way for bloggers to get their voice out, literally. If you interested in setting up your own audio blog, Designtechnica has produced a guide on how to start Podcasting. Enjoy! Frontier Labs NEX 3 MP3 Player Review @ CoolTechZone "From the hard drive based players to flash players, there are literally hundreds of models you can pick from to suit your needs. We are all aware of the regular group of manufacturers that usually hold a large portion of the market share, but can the smaller companies deliver? Frontier Labs, a name not familiar to the majority of us, has introduced... Read more...
Good morning folks! It's your friendly neighborhood Italian here, taking a break from benchmarking to dish out a healthy serving of hardware news.  Things are flowing in a bit slow today, but we suspect our compatriots may be busy testing something tasty, that you'll all be hearing about fairly soon.  For now though, lets find out what's happening around the 'net so far this morning...  Thermaltake Armor Case Review @ 3DXtreme: "The Thermaltake Armor has its faults but with a few tweaks here and there I really believe Thermaltake can deliver a Case capable of stellar performance and quality. At $160 I feel we have to be hard on this Case, Cooler Master, Lian Li and Silverstone... Read more...
 ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ The TechZone: "In order to optimize PC performance, the KN1 Extreme includes NVIDIA nTune, enabling KN1 Extreme to operate at speeds up to FSB 2GHz. And KN1 Extreme has added a second 802.11g LAN connector to make this motherboard ideal for Internet connection sharing over a home network. KN1 Extreme supports four SATA2 ports through the NVIDIA nForce4 single chip as well as two standard SATA ports through the SiS180 controller."  ANTEC Aria Small Form Factor MicroATX Cube Case Review @ Futurelooks: "There are plenty of cube-shaped bare bone systems out on the market these days. However, most of them force you to use their board built... Read more...
Good afternoon folks!  Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know what we've just posted a fresh review of X-Micro's WLAN 11g Turbo Mode broadband router and its companion PCMCIA card.  Rob found this router to perform quite well, and thought it was very easy to install and configure.  Click here and check it out...... Read more...
More and more homes these days contain multiple PCs, and in this age of increasingly common broadband connections it's a no-brainer to want to connect these machines together over a WLAN, or Wireless LAN.  Doing so will allow you to share files and the broadband connection so that everyone can surf the web smoothly.  For sometime now, users have been trucking along at 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps using 802.11b and 802.11g components such as routers, PCI cards, etc. But, as with everything else built into, installed on, or just connected to a PC, there's always room for improvement, and this usually means doing something faster.  That's what X-Micro intends to do with today's showcase... Read more...
Want to know another change in the way the news will be done? To help satisfy the gamers out there, every wednesday and friday, I will be posting all the interesting game related news I've found over the week. I could use some help with this though, from you guys of course :) If you have some interesting game related news, send me an E-Mail, and make the subject 'HH Game News'... I'll really appreciate it :) Crucial Ballistix Gaming Memory GIVEAWAY @ TwistedMods.com "You've got the most bangin' system on the block, with every possible component spiced up but you cheesed out on the RAM - you aren't the only one who's done it. The quality of a computer's memory is a very important factor in... Read more...
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